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Summary: When we walk in our own understanding, without the leading of the Spirit, we are walking in a fog. We must allow the Day Star to arise within our hearts.

Travelers in the Fog

A few days ago, I drove out of my driveway headed to work. It was about 6 AM and those of you who are up and about at that time of the morning will know that it is still dark outside. I immediately noticed that not only was it still dark but that there was also a thick fog.

I know that all of us have driven in fog before if you have driven for very long. Most of the time we just slow down and be a little more careful but other than that, the drive is usually as uneventful as ever.

But on this morning, I had not gone more than a mile down the road when God began to speak to my heart and reveal some things to me about our walk with him.

Everything I saw that morning seemed to speak to me about this message. It blessed me and taught me some things.

I want to share those insights with you tonight.

I Corinthians 13:2

For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

2 Peter 1:19

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.

The fog limits our vision.

Objects are not very clear. Shapes are there but the clarity of what they represent cannot be seen. We recognize the outline or the colors or the shape but we cannot see the details.

Golden arches of McDonalds recognized long before we can read the words on the sign.

There are many signs that we are familiar with are easily recognized even though they aren’t clearly visible.

Lessons for life

In the realm of the Spirit we can recognize the move of the Spirit of God but we can’t see God or His work clearly.

We recognize God’s handiwork, we see the shape of His love and mercy. We see the results of His power but we don’t see the Spirit as He is.

We see God in the love of our family, our church, in our own salvation, and yet, we really don’t see Him as He is in all His majesty.

As we travel, the fog obscures our view and caution must be observed. Most of the time we can only see a few feet ahead. We must travel on by faith, believing that the way is clear, that other people will drive safely, that all the safety precautions are in place.

We run up to a traffic light and suddenly the trip is interrupted by other people or by the light when it changes to red. Some people ignore the yellow light that signifies caution and to clear the area. Some people even continue on even when the light is clearly red because they are still half asleep. Some people travel too fast to stop even if they wanted to, throwing caution to the wind and ignoring the dangers. Some people travel so slow that they cause everyone else problems.

Life’s application

The just shall live by faith. We cannot see the future, we can’t even see tomorrow clearly, but we must travel on by faith. The speed at which we travel will determine how soon we reach our ultimate end and the goal that God has for us.

Too many times we travel through life ignoring the cautions that are placed in our path by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is always warning us of those things that are lacking in our walk with the Lord.

1.You need to study and pray more

2.You shouldn’t skip church to do that

3.You need to spend time with God and with your family

4.You need to proceed with extra caution for your adversary, the Devil, is out there waiting for you

Sometimes we are just going too fast to stop and listen for God’s voice. We get ahead of God’s timing because we are traveling headlong with our own agenda instead of searching what the will of god is in our lives.

Impatience drives us onward ever faster, ignoring the dangers. Remember that there are other people out there just like you and you will likely run into them quicker that way. Just as two people trying to pass through a foggy intersection at the same time, you can find yourself spiritually wrecked by the side of the road.

We travel along, paying little attention to our pathway, because we are experienced and know how to handle this by ourselves.

There are people who will try to stop you on your journey. They will turn their spiritual blinkers on and go on for a long time before they finally get out of the way. These folks have little commitment for God and the paths of righteousness and they love to get in your path to slow you down too.

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